Tag: iPhone 5

Review: LifeProof FRĒ case for iPhone5


After spending a week testing this case for the iPhone 5 the question that I was left with was not whether or not it was a good case, but do I need this case. At an entry price of $79.99 it is an expensive investment, but then again so is your iPhone. So here are my impressions of the LifeProof FRĒ.

The LifeProof has expand their lineup with more color choices. As you can see in the photos below, the case I tested was accented with blue, and I feel it is a good looking case. LifeProof provides easy, simple to follow instructions on how to fit the case to your iPhone. They of course suggest you test your case before putting it on the phone. This is a simple process of snapping it together and submerging it in water for a hour. If it leaks, contact them for a replacement. Mine did not, so I went on to the next step. A simple snap together process and a screw in piece for the ear phone jack is all that is required.

The package does include a cloth to clean the screen of the case and phone. I found this part the hardest, simply because I am a perfectionist. However, you simply wipe the screen and case to make sure they are both free of smudges and lint before you put the case on. There is an included adapter for the earpiece socket for those of you that use the earphone jack often. I did not use this piece. Read more

T-Mobile Announces iPhone 5 and New Plans

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This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.

T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.

With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more

Nano SIM Cards For iPhone 5 Now Available On Solavei

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Solavei is an affordable contract free mobile service provider has announced the availability of nano SIM cards that are compatible with Apple’s iPhone 5.

Solavei has only been available since September of last year and since launch the company has focused mainly on Android devices. It’s nice to see the company open to Apple as the iPhone 5 is a very popular phone.


“We created Solavei to make commerce less expensive for our members while allowing the flexibility to use the mobile phone they love,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and CEO of Solavei. “Solavei is the first company to create an economic linkage between mobile service, social commerce, and social sharing. We believe it’s important to give our members great value for unlimited mobile service while using their favorite mobile phone and enable them to earn recurring monthly income for sharing Solavei with their friends and family.”

Solavei runs on the T-Mobile network and T-Mobile is in the process of re-farming their network to allow 3G /4G speeds to the iPhone. In many cases you will only be getting slower EDGE service until this update is completed.

Solavei’s nano SIM card will cost you $9 and for $49 a month you can have unlimited voice, text and data. They also offer a program of referring people to lower your bill and put cash in your pocket.


Apple’s Do Not Disturb Feature Allows You To Keep Dreaming

Apple released a new iPhone 5 ad, promoting the “Do Not Disturb” feature that allows you to customize your phone to receive alerts and phone calls from important contacts while muting alerts from others. The ad features the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena are playing a game of table tennis.

Check it out above.

Unlocked iPhone 5 Available For Purchase Starting Tonight

Looks like Apple will begin selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting tonight. According to 9to5Mac, sales will start at 9PM tonight with prices for the unlocked version will starting at $649 for the 16 GB, $749 for the 32 GB and $849 for the 64 GB model.

This is a great option for customers that travel and want to use their iPhone in other countries with a local SIM card.

iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III – Will It Blend?

When it comes to the Apple iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S III we have seen just about every comparison and bias statement. What we haven’t seen yet is how they hold up against the Blendtec Total Blender.

We won’t ruin the results. I really don’t think you can declare a winner when it comes to complete annihilation anyway. You can enjoy watching over a thousand dollars worth of smartphones getting blended below.

iPhone 5 Purple Haze Normal According To Apple

That’s right. Apple swears the purple haze plaguing iPhone 5 users is normal.

Dear Matt,

Our engineering team just gave me this information and we recommend that you angle the camera away from the bright light source when taking pictures. The purple flare in the image provided is considered normal behavior for iPhone 5′s camera. If you wish to reach me regarding this case number *********, please contact me at 1-877-***-**** ext. *******. I currently work Thursday-Monday: 7:00am – 3:30pm Mountain Time. If you reach my voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, case number and the best time to reach you. Email is ***********@apple.com.



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Okay, I will admit lens flare does exist in every camera out there. Great lengths are taken by most manufactures to make sure it does not happen so easily. I had no issues on my iPhone 4 or 4S with this purple haze problem. I am guessing Apple is just going to declare this a built in Instagram filter and let us know they didn’t charge us $9.99 which they could have to instal it as an app.

I am seriously considering starting a Twitter account named ShitAppleSays. All new products have issues, quit hiding behind your ego Apple and address them head-on. Every major blog has written about this issue but the only response is via Apple support to one user. It is time to get your camera engineer and the PR team together to release a no BS statement.

I guess like the antenna issue on the iPhone 4 we are just holding it wrong. Lets see is Apple steps up and faces this issue head-on or continues to pass messages via their support staff.

If you have had this issue I encourage you to contact Apple support during your free 90 days of phone support at 800-694-7466.

For now becareful how you frame your pictures and don’t have bright light sources like that pesky sun right outside the frame.


Foursquare Updated For iOS Users

All right Foursquare fans, I’m sure you noticed there was an update for iOS users as Foursquare updated the app to be more iPhone 5 and iOS 6 friendly. If you’re a hardcore Foursquare user, you will notice that the app has a new simpler design and quite a few new search options.

Foursquare touts, “It improves one of the best things about Foursquare – it’s a personalized map made just for you.”

Personalize is differently a good way to explain some of the changes that were made. Foursquare shows how well it knows you, your friends, what’s popular in the area. Foursquare is harvesting data from millions of tips, over 2.5 billion check-ins to give you personalized suggestions instead of generalized search results.

New search categories allow you to find places you haven’t been yet and find places your friends enjoy. This makes it a lot easier to explore with guidance from people you know and trust.

You can download or update Foursquare for iOS via this link.


iPhone 5 Experiencing Purple Haze In Pictures

The latest issue with the iPhone 5 seems to be a purple haze on images taken with the iPhone camera under specific lighting situations. I noticed the haze yesterday in a picture but didn’t realize the haze was actually generated in the camera, I assumed it was from a neon sign of other light source. This picture is above.

After hearing reports of the issue from readers I decided to try to duplicate the problem and was able to on my first try. All you have to do is take a picture with a bright light source just outside the frame of the shot. I decided to use the light coming in through a window as you can see below.

The anomaly can be seen on the iPhone screen before you take the picture. Could this be caused by the new lens system? As for now we are not sure. We tried various angles, iPhone 5 devices and light sources. We were able to always reproduce the haze easily.

We understand Apple is investigating the issue. We will let you know their official statement when it is released. Until then take your pictures carefully and avoid bright light sources just outside the frame.


Be Warned – Don’t Buy Generic iPhone 5 Lightning Cables Or Adapters Just Yet

If you are like many new iPhone 5 buyers you have already started scouring eBay to find a deal on Apple’s new Lightning cable or adapter. If you do a search you come up with hundreds of U.S. vendors offering you a pre-order of the new cable and adapter with prices ranging from $8.40 to $39.90. Keep in mind the cable is available directly from Apple for $19.00 and that adapter for $29.00. Yes, very overpriced.

The issue is, these devices are adaptive. Meaning they can change what pins information and power is transmitted on. Unless these companies can reverse engineer the chip, make a reliable copy at a cost worth competing a lot of people are putting up money for a product that may never be delivered.

Here is a rundown from 9to5Mac on the issue.

-Lightning is adaptive.

-All 8 pins are used for signals, and all or most can be switched to be used for power.

-The outer plug shell is used as ground reference and connected to the device shell.

-At least one (probably at most two) of the pins is used for detecting what sort of plug is plugged in.

-All plugs have to contain a controller/driver chip to implement the “adaptive” thing.

-The device watches for a momentary short on all pins (by the leading edge of the plug) to detect plug insertion/removal.

-The pins on the plug are deactivated until after the plug is fully inserted, when a wake-up signal on one of the pins cues the chip inside the plug. This avoids any shorting hazard while the plug isn’t inside the connector.

-The controller/driver chip tells the device what type it is, and for cases like the Lightning-to-USB cable whether a charger (that sends power) or a device (that needs power) is on the other end.

-The device can then switch the other pins between the SoC’s data lines or the power circuitry, as needed in each case.

-Once everything is properly set up, the controller/driver chip gets digital signals from the SoC and converts them – via serial/parallel, ADC/DAC, differential drivers or whatever to whatever is needed by the interface on the other end of the adapter or cable. It could even re-encode these signals to some other format to use fewer wires, gain noise-immunity or whatever, and re-decode them on the other end; it’s all flexible. It could even convert to optical.


For now, if you need a cable I suggest you get it from Apple. Don’t get burned by all the promises for cheaper cables being available for pre-order.